SCOTT: Now we know why he's too busy to talk to the media.
THOMAS: Yes, but according to USA Today on a front-page story this week, huge numbers of young people who are tweeting and all of the rest aren't going to bother to vote, so I'm not sure that that's necessarily a cause and effect.
SCOTT: We have, Kirsten, a situation where the national unemployment rate has ticked up to 8.3 percent. Underemployment is probably closer to 16 percent. You've got Iran potentially in pursuit of a nuclear weapon. And the president won't talk to the White House press corps. Hasn't had an official news conference in weeks.
POWERS: Well, it's political strategy, as Jim said. He's doing exactly what anybody would be doing.
I'm a little torn on this one. I don't think that the White House media is that great. And I don't know what these press conferences are because nothing of substance ever seems to happen. And the media, in general, frankly, aren't that great. And I'm starting to wonder why any of the candidates ever sit down with them. If you look the at the "60 Minutes" interview -- Romney and Ryan go in and have an interview and then have the discussion of Medicare cut out of it. I mean, it's just -- it's become almost -- it would be comical if it wasn't so serious.
PINKERTON: A puffy White House media, I agree, is useless. White House media doing its job would be all over this story, which is the sleeper of the whole year, which is this leak business going on, and how it is the White House can leak all of this stuff and then denounce leaks. Enough questions -- the way that they used to question Nixon during Watergate, for example, would get to the bottom of what happened here with Tom Donilon and all the rest of them in the White House.
THOMAS: He promised to be the most transparent president in history. So I think you have to be held to the standard that you set for yourself. He's not.
SCOTT: I wanted to end this segment with a poll from Rasmussen Reports. They asked people, will the media try to help Obama, help Romney, or offer unbiased coverage. There are the numbers on your screen.
SCOTT: 51 percent believe the media are out to help Obama, 9 percent say help Romney, and 22 percent say offer unbiased coverage. Remember that. More "News Watch" ahead.
But first, if you see something that you feel shows evidence of media bias, e-mail us at newswatch@FOXnews.com.
Up next, will the next big political debates be fair and balanced?
ANNOUNCER: The debate commission names the members of the media who will moderate the big debates and ignites a big debate on who got picked. Will one side have a big advantage? Answers next, on "News Watch."
SCOTT: The debate commission announced the moderators for this year's presidential and vice-presidential debates this week. They are CBS's Bob Schieffer, CNN's Candy Crowley, PBS's Jim Lehrer and ABC's Martha Raddatz.
What do you think of that lineup, Jim?
PINKERTON: Well, that's sort of the establishment right there, which I guess is what we should expect out the symbol of the establishmentarianism in these presidential debates. I think it's a shame that, for example, Brit Hume, who I think did the best interview I've seen so far with Paul Ryan, wasn't included in there. But that's just me.
SCOTT: Good choices, bad choices?
MILLER: Absolutely, I agree with Jim on this. How can you not have at least one conservative asking questions? There are -- all of these people are either left of center or very, very so center that it would never occur to them to ask a question from a conservative viewpoint. It's simply unacceptable. And I think it diminishes the debate.
POWERS: Well, I think that the Fox debates with the Republicans, in particular, were the best debates. So it's -- so someone one like a Bret Baier can show that it's that he's conservative. It's that he actually asks tough questions to Republicans and can ask tough question to Democrats. That's what you want. There were a lot of Republicans that were upset that he was being too hard on a Republicans.
THOMAS: This format goes back to the 1970's. We're using a 20th century model, as Joe Biden might say, in the 20th century.
They need to blow this entire thing up. It just -- first of all, they're all liberals. They're congratulating themselves with, gee, there are two women on the -- that are going to be moderators. Well, there's no difference between a woman or man, or a race or ethnic if they're all liberals.
Look at Soledad O'Brien of CNN. This is a perfect example. She's not on the commission, but she was caught reading a liberal blog and talking points that she was making doing an interview this year. That's what the public perceives. It's all one-sided.
I'd like to see Mitt Romney say, OK, I'm going to do these, but I get to pick one member of the panel, if they're going to have a panel. I'd like to see Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity or Mark Levin on the panel. That would boost the ratings.
SCOTT: All right, another story getting mixed media reaction this week, the scene on Wednesday after Floyd Corkins, a 28-year-old man who had volunteered for a center that serves gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people allegedly marched in the Family Research Council building with a gun and some serious ammunition. He allegedly denounced FRC's politics and then shot a security guard in the arm before being subdued. FRC's president calls it a hate crime instigated by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the media.
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TONY PERKINS, PRESIDENT, FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL: I think this is where the issue comes in with the Southern Poverty Law Center is that he came in not just with not just a gun, but with over 50 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. Now, as you know the controversy over Chick-fil-A in the last couple of weeks. And in papers all across America and media reports, it was reported that Chick-fil-A and their statements about being anti-gay and they supported the Family Research Council. That's what reports have said. But in those reports, they say the Family Research Council, which is a hate group, a certified hate group from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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SCOTT: Are the media treating this as a hate crime, Judy?
MILLER: I think it depends which media you're watching or reading. I mean, there were some networks, I bet, who are going to have a hard time figuring out which one. It begins with an "M."
Which just didn't think that it was worth covering at all. And I find that this kind of ignoring news is very troubling.
SCOTT: And when you compare it to what happened, say in Colorado or Arizona?
PINKERTON: Exactly. Tim Carney, at the Washington Examiner, tweeted out, just imagine what would have happened if this had been a conservative walking in and shooting into a liberal group. There'd be days of news, and candlelight vigils, endless chin-pulling about hate and violence and -- instead of just -- it just goes away.
THOMAS: Go back to the Oklahoma City bombing. President Clinton blamed talk radio. And specifically, although not identified by name, Rush Limbaugh, for a connection between speech and action. But apparently that only counts when liberals can make a point. And there's no connection when the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center names the Family Research Council a hate group and the action -- alleged action by the shooter.